Education

SATs: Labour’s plan to ditch school tests will hit the poorest

BY Ben Kelly | tweet thescepticisle   /  18 April 2019

Most anxiety at the prospect of a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour Party getting into government is expressed through criticism of their economic policies. However, as the education reforms introduced by the Conservatives and New Labour begin to bear fruit, we should fear their plans for education too.

The latest example is the announcement that Labour will abolish primary school SATs for 7 and 11 year olds as well scrapping baseline assessments. Unsurprisingly, this was cheered to the rafters by National Education Union (NEU) members who will never miss a chance to support a regressive policy. A wannabe Prime Minister pandering to producer interests will be music to their ears.

Both Wales and Scotland phased out testing only to reintroduce it again.


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